The Indian automotive industry seems to experiment with new stuff every now and then. When people were loving hatchbacks, automakers started producing subcompact SUVs. And now that people were happy with subcompact and compact SUVs, the automakers have something else in mind. Just like Tata started the trend of sedan hatchback combos, they also started the recent trend of 5-7 seater combos. Yes, we are talking about the Harrier-Safari duo. Following the trend, we already have the second duo in the market where Creta will be receiving its 7-seater sibling soon. The Hyundai Alcazar is almost here.
In today’s featured we are going to discuss how the 7 seater cars in India which are evolving from their 5 seater siblings are becoming a new trend in the market. Here are 5 reasons why we think the 6/7 seater cars are becoming the new trend in the Indian automotive market.
Increased Seating Capacity (Obviously)
If you have a family of 6 or 7 people, you can’t afford to go on a road trip in two cars right? Well, you definitely need to invest in a 6 or 7 seater car if your family calls for it. Don’t worry, you won’t have to pay huge to get a 7 seater car for yourself. We still have options like Triber in the new car market and the Go+ in the used car market.
Increased Boot Space
It is confirmed that you will get a really good boot space in 7 seater cars but there is definitely a catch in here. You need to lower down the 3rd row if you need a huge boot space. Well, you get a decent boot space even if you don’t lower the 3rd row. Unless you are inside a Datsun, you will definitely get a decent boot space. Similarly, we cannot comment on the upcoming 7-seater Sonet too. Let’s see what we get.
Better Road Presence
A 7-seater car (especially SUV), will give you a better road presence anyhow if you compare it with a 5-seater one. You get bigger dimensions, better ground clearance and better ambience when you are in a 7-seater car. It definitely feels like home! a 7-seater car, particularly an SUV gives a more masculine look as compared to its 5-seater sibling.
Now that we have looked upon the major advantages that 7 seater cars have over their 5 seater siblings, let’s have a look at some siblings we have in the Indian market.
Datsun GO & GO+
One of the initial players in the arena. Datsun launched the extended version of the GO and named it GO+. The extended version had nothing but the third row of seats. You could fit in 7 people inside the car and if you are at the full seating capacity, you will have to compromise on the luggage.
MG Hector & Hector Plus
Another very popular 5 & 7 seater combo in India is the MG Hector which is doing decent sales and is experiencing swift growth despite the anti-Chinese emotion that has developed among Indians over time. Well, the Hector Plus has also got some great features and decent space on board which makes it a good fit for most of the customers looking to buy 7 seater cars.
Mahindra TUV300 & TUV300 Plus
Not quite popular but still very affordable. Mahindra TUV300 stands among the most affordable SUVs in India. Talking about the TUV300 Plus, it was made to increase the seating capacity to 7. Hence the name- TUV300 Plus! Did it deliver the Plus for real? Let us know in the comments section below.
Tata Harrier & Safari
The latest iteration of the evolution of 7 seater cars from 5 seaters is the Tata Safari which has evolved from the Tata Harrier. Harrier has been one of the top-selling cars for Tata in India and the name ‘Safari’ already is a cult. Considering the fact that Safari is the 7 seater Harrier, we definitely want Tata to bring in a 4×4 version to prove that the cult is still alive!
Hyundai Creta & Alcazar
The latest one among 7 seater cars in India that has made it into the news! The Hyundai Alcazar will arrive in the Indian market anytime soon! Well, we have already seen the Hyundai Creta 2020 gain huge success in the automotive market in India. Now, it would be great to see how the 7-seater version of the ‘Ultimate SUV’ does upon its launch. What according to you would be the starting price of the Alcazar in India?
Another one that has made it into the news headlines with the unveiling of the 7-seater version! The covers were shed in the Indonesian market but we expect Kia to launch it here in India really soon. Seeing Triber grow, it would be really fun to see a competitor entering the market.
This was all about the 7 seater cars and their growing trend in the Indian market. Although 7 seater cars have been here for since long, the 5-7 duo is a new concept which the automakers are working on. While Tata started the trend for hatch-sedan duos, here’s a quiz for you! Who, according to you extended their 5 seater car to be a 7 seater in India for the first time?